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Jozi Flash by South African Writers

Jozi Flash: a Flash Fiction Anthology written by South African writers

Title: Jozi Flash
Authors: Candice Burger, Carin Marais, Nthato Morakabi, Sharon Parkinson, Nicholette Stephens
March 2016 by Chasing Dreams Publishing
Genre: Flash fiction
How I got the book: I downloaded it for free when it first came out


There are no zombie-dalek-rainbow-unicorns in this anthology. Not for lack of trying – they just wouldn’t play nicely with the other characters.

Instead you’ll find a genie with a unique wish, a border post between worlds, a light romance, an alien recorder and a very special chair, amongst others.

This is what you get when you challenge five talented South African writers with a series of prompts and strict word limits: Jozi Flash – an anthology of 29 bite-sized stories with a huge amount of heart.

As unique as the narrators, these tales range from the macabre to heart warming in fewer words than it took to write this blurb.

The zombie-dalek-rainbow-unicorns ate the rest.

My Review:


When I saw that my good friend Nthato was publishing an anthology with a few fellow writers, I knew I had to read this.

Because this is an anthology of flash fiction, this isn’t going to be a typical review.



Jozi Flash is a flash fiction anthology. This 50-page book holds 29 flash fiction stories created by five South African writers. It’s a quick and easy read, and also refreshing. There’s a lot of good writing jam-packed into this small space.

Each flash was written with careful thought and clever words. Some stories had happy, satisfying endings and others didn’t. A few had surprise endings. It amazed me how these stories were wrapped up so well, especially since they contained such few words.


I enjoyed reading the various writing styles of different writers, even if it was for just a short amount of time. I highly recommend giving this a read. My only complaint is that I wish there were more.

Jozi Flash by South African Writers gets…
5-Star Rating | Book Review 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“She laughs while I wonder how I know what dancing is if I am only a mannequin.” –Carin Marais, Jozi Flash

Buy the book:

You can download the book for free through Nthato’s website here: Jozi Flash

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

7 thoughts on “Jozi Flash by South African Writers

    1. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book! I downloaded it right when it first came out and then forgot about it (because it’s me…) so I finally read it! Lol.

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